A couple of internet pointers in searching for answers. Ask a question, get 2-5 M hits. That’s too many. Redefine you question for less hits. If you still get too many then I use “site:edu” which will put me in the colleges and universities sites only. If still too many hits, then I figure it is a popular subject and there is a lot of information and many different view point. So next I change the time to the last year or last month.
There is so much more data on the internet today, but that has not always been the case. About nine years ago I thought I would read the bible. I started out with Genesis, I research back to the oldest translations so that I would have an understanding of the level and skill used in the translating of the bible. I did not get very far in the bible until I was working with about 5 or 6 different gods. Not finding the answer on the internet that was logical and fit in with my research, I ended up calling different professors and talking to them about the data. The best help I got was from rabbis in Israel.
Another time I was trying to understand the central banking system that was used back in the B.C. time period. I could not find answers on the internet, so I contacted professors of the subject, and they agreed that there had to be a form of central banking but as banking is secret today, it was just as secret back then and no data is available. Point being not all answers can be found.
Another point is to sit back and look at the overall picture and you will see everything evolves and some items have cycles.
Next work from a timeline. The time line is the datum point that tells you where to start to look for answers for your questions.
As example, in America the Christians believe that their religion started with the creation of earth 6 to 7 thousand years ago. In reality America’s religions really got going into a force and formed into the religions and thought processes as we know them today in the mid 1800’s.
The timeline I use is that religion is as old as mankind. All religions around the world started with the Red Ochre based religions, then we have mankind on the endanger extinction list from 74,000 to 71,000 years ago. This created small pockets of mankind. One of the pockets in the area of India created the Vega based religions, of which is the base of all the religions except those in the Americas and parts of Africa. But today you will find several professors that are matching up items of the religions in the Americas with the Vega based religion.
This brings us to the religions that are around at that beginning of history (writing). Another point in the timeline. Pre-history religions to history religions.
The next task is to have several timelines. One for spoken languages. Several for the DNA timelines of man, animals, and plants. One for money and trade. One for weather, floods and natural disasters. One for plagues and starvation. One for Leprosy. One for technical advances of man. One for Egypt. One for clothing. One for food and diet of man. One for the evolution of the types of gods, (heaven, animal, animal/man, man, spirit). One for wars. One for the use of metals and building materials. One for math, measurement, weight, music and education in general. And one for Laws and contracts.
All these timelines need to match each other and then we will have some idea of our past history. The one I like the best and find the most helpful is the domestication timeline of plants and animals done by DNA.
One of the upcoming timelines is the Leprosy timeline. The Asians had several expansions and ended up in the Americas. So why were they not in Europe and the Middle East? We are just now finding out they were. At one time about 40 percent of Europe was lost to Leprosy. The Asians have no defense from Leprosy. This alone requires the rewriting of history.
Once you feel that you have a little understanding of your forefathers, then and only then should you try and understand the bible. It is this understanding that will make the bible and religion understandable as what it really is.
Hope this helps, Mike